Los Angeles City Council District 7

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Los Angeles City Council District 7 is one of the 15 districts of the Los Angeles City Council. It covers much of the San Fernando Valley. The current council member is Richard Alarcón.

Geography[edit]

Modern[edit]

The Seventh District includes the neighborhoods of Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills and Sylmar.

See official city map outlining District 7.

Historic[edit]

A new city charter effective in 1925 replaced the former "at large" voting system for a nine-member council with a district system with a 15-member council. Each district was to be approximately equal in population, based upon the voting in the previous gubernatorial election; thus redistricting was done every four years. (At present, redistricting is done every ten years, based upon the preceding U.S. census results.)[1] The numbering system established in 1925 for City Council districts began with No. 1 in the north of the city, the San Fernando Valley, and ended with No. 15 in the south, the Harbor area.

At the beginning, the Seventh District was situated south of Downtown. It was moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1956 after Councilman Don A. Allen was elected to the State Assembly.[2]

1925: Bounded on the north by Jefferson Boulevard, on the south by Slauson Boulevard, on the west by Vermont Avenue and on the east by South Park Avenue.[3][4]

1926: 46th Street, Jefferson Boulevard, Vermont and Alameda avenues, with district headquarters at 529 West 41st Place.[5][6]

1928: Same as above, with the addition of the Exposition-Vermont-Vernon-Arlington area.[7]

1932–33: On the east by Alameda Avenue, on the west by Crenshaw Boulevard, on the north by Exposition Boulevard and on the south by Vernon Avenue.[8][9]

1937: On the west by Crenshaw Boulevard, on the north by Exposition Boulevard, on the east by the city boundary with Vernon and on the south by Vernon Avenue.[10]

1940: Same as above.[11]

1947. It was noted that the district's population was "nearly 50 per cent Negro."[12]

1956: Move to the San Fernando Valley. North: City boundary; south: Riverside Drive; east, Coldwater Canyon and Woodman avenues; west, generally Balboa Boulevard.[2]

1961: Van Nuys, Sepulveda, Granada Hills and Sylmar.[13]

1986: Panorama City, part of Sun Valley and Sylmar.[14]

1993: A 70 percent Latino and 19 percent African-American district that covered "much of the northeast Valley" encompassing "one of Los Angeles's poorest areas" and containing "the shuttered General Motors plant in Van Nuys as well as Blythe Street in Panorama City, one of the Valley's most drug-infested areas until a police crackdown." [15] Registered voters were 39 percent Anglo, 30 percent Latino and 19 percent African-American.[16]

See also[edit]

Officeholders[edit]

The district has been represented by nine men and no women. They have been:

Downtown

  1. Ralph Luther Criswell, 1925–27
  2. Howard W. Davis, 1927–35 and 1937–39
  3. Will H. Kindig, 1935–37
  4. Carl C. Rasmussen, 1939–47
  5. Don A. Allen, 1947–57

San Fernando Valley

  1. James C. Corman, 1957–61
  2. Ernani Bernardi, 1961–93
  3. Richard Alarcón, 1993–98 and 2007–
  4. Alex Padilla, 1999–2004

References[edit]

Most of the Los Angeles Times links require the use of a library card.

  1. ^ Tina Daunt and Seema Mehta, "Council Districts Drawn to Benefit Valley, Latinos," Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2002
  2. ^ a b "Council Votes Redistricting After Flare-up Over Changes," Los Angeles Times, October 24, 1956, page B-1
  3. ^ "First Map Showing City Council's Districts," Los Angeles Times, January 16, 1925, page 1 The map shows all 15 council districts. The official boundaries of all 15 as limned by the city clerk are at "Councilmanic Districts Are Traced by Clerk Dominguez," Los Angeles Times, February 12, 1925, page A-2
  4. ^ "Here Are the Hundred and Twelve Aspirants for the City's Fifteen Councilmanic Seats," Los Angeles Times, May 3, 1925, page 7
  5. ^ "To the Citizens of Los Angeles," Los Angeles Times, February 14, 1926, page B-5
  6. ^ Bing location for district office
  7. ^ "Council Areas' Lines Changed," Los Angeles Times, December 29, 1928, page A-1
  8. ^ "District Lines Get Approval," Los Angeles Times, December 24, 1932, page 2
  9. ^ "City Reapportionment Measure Gets Approval," Los Angeles Times, January 19, 1933 With map of all districts.
  10. ^ "New Council Zones Defined," Los Angeles Times, January 7, 1937, page A-18
  11. ^ "Proposed New Alignment for City Voting Precincts" (with map), Los Angeles Times, November 30, 1940, page A-3
  12. ^ "Voters to Decide Issues Tuesday," Los Angeles Times, May 25, 1947, page A-2
  13. ^ Carlton Williams, "12 Vie for 7th District Council Post," Los Angeles Times, March 21, 1961
  14. ^ "Los Angeles' Realigned Council Districts," Los Angeles Times, September 21, 1986, page B -3
  15. ^ Jack Cheevers, "Elections: The Head of a Pacoima Youth Group Joins a Growing Field . . .," Los Angeles Times, January 27, 1993
  16. ^ Scott Harris, "Last Press Release of the Anti-Politician," Los Angeles Times, July 4, 1993

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